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Calling ALL Pain Warriors, It's NOW or NEVER!

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Urgent Action Needed NOW!

 

🆘 URGENT, PLEASE READ EVERY WORD🆘



At its interim meeting in Maryland llast week, the AMA House of Delegates adopted a series of resolutions that recognize the mistreatment of pain patients and call for restraint in implementing the CDC guideline – particularly as it applies to the agency’s maximum recommended dose of 90mg MME (morphine milligram equivalent units).


This CAN be AMAZING & life changing news, IF it gets into the hands of those who are limiting our doctor’s ability to prescribe opioid pain medication!


These are the FULLY RESOLVED AMA resolutions contained in their report.  Resolution 235 is regarding the Misuse of the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids! 


CLICK HERE FOR QUICK OVERVIEW OF AMA RESOLUTIONS


Below is the full version of the AMA report.  Please see Resolution #235 on pages 24-25.


Full Version of (AMA) American Medical Association's Preliminary Report of Actions taken by the House of Delegates (Pages of Interest 24 and 25) 


**** Attention ALL CPP'S ****

Urgent IMMEDIATE Action Needed NOW!


In order to expedite & use this information to our advantage, we need YOU to take the following steps:

We need every single pain patient and advocate to CALL their state and federal representatives including   Governors Office, State Medical Board, State Narcotics Board, and State Attorney Generals and ask them for an ACTIVE email address (or their health staffers email) AND tell them to expect an extremely important resolution by the AMA about the CDC Guidelines. 


Once you have a list of all the email addresses, please copy & paste the FORM LETTER below to email each of them.  A few days after sending the emails, please call back to follow up and confirm that the email was received and forwarded to the correct person or department. 


CLICK HERE to access the FORM LETTER to send this URGENT information to your State and Federal Representatives 


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO FIND & CONTACT YOUR STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES & GOVERNMENT AGENCIES  IS LISTED BELOW FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE:

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Here is a link to locate your Federal Representatives, Senators & Governors with phone numbers and their health staffers email addresses. 



Link to find contact info for you State Medical Boards



Link to Contact Your State Legislators



Link to find your State Attorney General contact information



Link to find your State Controlled Substance/Narcotics Board



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There are also a couple of other resolutions that refer to prescribing, mostly in regards to Opioid Use Disorder (Methadone specifically) it would benefit everyone to be educated.


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Links to Contact Your Federal, State, and Local  Elected Officials: 


Federal Elected Officials:


  • President Donald Trump—Contact the president of the United States by filling out the online contact form or by calling the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 or the comments line at 202-456-1111 during business hours.
  • Members of the U.S. Congress
    • U.S. Senators—Get contact information for your Senators in the U.S. Senate.
    • U.S. Representatives—Find the website and contact information for your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.


State Elected Officials:





State Controlled Substance/Narcotics Board: 




State Medical Boards:

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Local  Elected Officials:


  • U.S. Mayors—Locate mayors by name, city, or population size.
  • County Executives—Search on a map or by your ZIP code to find the head of the executive branch of government in your county. (The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position.)
  • Other Local Government Officials—Get contact information for your city, county, and town officials in your state. 


AMA RESOLUTIONS: 


1. RESOLVED that our AMA affirms that some patients with acute or chronic pain can benefit from taking opioids at greater dosages than recommended by the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for chronic pain and that such care may be medically necessary and appropriate.

2. RESOLVED that AMA advocate against the misapplication of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids by pharmacists, health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, legislatures, and governmental and private regulatory bodies in ways that prevent or limit access to opioid analgesia

3. RESOLVED that our AMA advocate that no entity should use MME (morphine milligram equivalents) thresholds as anything more than guidance, and physicians should not be subject to professional discipline, loss of board certification, loss of clinical privileges, criminal prosecution, civil liability, or other penalties or practice limitations solely for prescribing opioids at a quantitative level above the MME thresholds found in the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids.





Links To Articles: 


AMA’s 2018 INTERIM MEETING HIGHLIGHTS 


AMA: ‘Inappropriate Use’ of CDC Guideline Should Stop


AMA Delegates Back Physician Freedom in Opioid Prescribing


CDC guidelines are well-intentioned but shouldn't restrict prescribing, they say

Latest Calls To Action

Please take action now!

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Tell Congress: Americans have a right to timely access to treatment!


Americans across the country are experiencing significant delays in their access to care due to time-consuming and often unnecessary prior authorization requirements from their health insurance companies. Patients who have spent hard-earned dollars on insurance premiums suddenly find themselves unable to receive necessary medical treatment due to these onerous insurer policies.

The process of prior authorization as it currently stands is overused and inefficient. I urge you to work towards a solution to this problem that will reduce the burdens on both patients and physicians. 


The Prior Authorization and Utilization Management Reform Principles created by a coalition representing physicians, medical groups, pharmacists, hospitals, and patients outlines key changes needed to protect patients' access to timely care and reduce administrative hassles for health care professionals. We urge you to review the Principles and include these important concepts in prior authorization reform legislation. Americans have a right to timely access to treatment!

Sign the Petition!

Oregon Wants To Remove ALL Opioid Pain Medicines JUST From Medicare Patients

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A group within Oregon Health Authority called HERC has been charged with making decisions for all Medicare recipients. They have decided to remove coverage for Pain Medication based on studies that do not meet federal requirements to be considered FACT.  Email herc.info@state.or.us, put 'VbBS/Chronic Pain' in the subject line and tell them what you think of them discrimating against chronic pain patients on Medicaid.

Learn More!

Opioid Legislation Signed into Law

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 Even though these bills were introduced as a way to help to the portion of our population that suffer from addiction, many  of these laws will alter the way our doctors are ALLOWED to practice medicine.  These measures will HURT pain patients even further!  


CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES NOW!  


TELL THEM TO SPONSOR A PAIN PATIENTS PROTECTION POLICY AND BILL OF RIGHTS. 

CALL YOUR REPS NOW!